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Northwestern State University 
A Member of the University of Louisiana System 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Alumni / 



Summer 1998 




Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni, 

As we look back over the past academic year at NSU, 
there have been many accomplishments at the Uni- 
versity with which we can all be pleased. 

The Departments of Journalism, Family and Con- 
sumer Sciences and Industrial Technology have received 
accreditation. Our programs in nursing and veterinary 
technology have also received good preliminary reports. 
The importance of accreditation to the university will be 
addressed later in this issue of the Alumni Columns. 

Northwestern has made great strides in improving 
its available technology for students. New computer 
laboratories have been opened around campus to ben- 
efit students who are conducting research, preparing 
assignments and doing other class work. These labora- 
tories were funded with student technology fees that 
were assessed because our students saw the need to 
make the latest technology available and took it upon 
themselves to provide a funding mechanism. 

Another use of technology is in the delivery of 
classes. We have expanded alternative delivery of 
classes via Internet and compressed video and moved 
toward delivery of the award-winning middle school 
class, "Science Out of This World!" via the Internet. 

In the area of community service, the Office of Con- 
tinuing Education worked with the Office of Family 
Services and Alliance Compressor to develop an 18- 
week training program for welfare recipients that 
could lead to employment. This past year also saw 
the dedication of the Louisiana Creole Heritage Cen- 
ter, a central clearinghouse and information bank for 
the identified Creole communities in Louisiana and 
for those seeking knowledge, understanding and ap- 
preciation of Louisiana Creoles and their culture. 

We also had a very successful year in intercollegiate ath- 
letics, winning Southland Conference regular season cham- 
pionships in football, indoor track, softball and baseball and 
taking tournament championships in soccer and softball. 

All of these accomplishments could not have been done 
without a great deal of teamwork among our students, 
faculty, staff and alumni who help us in countless ways. 
Thank you for all you have done this past year to help 
make Northwestern an even better place. 

Dr. Steve Horton, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends, 

The spring semester has been a hectic one for the 
Office of Alumni Affairs. Between planning and 
attending alumni chapter activities and handling on- 
campus activities involving the Alumni Association, 
time has flown by quickly. 

Probably one of the most exciting events for the As- 
sociation was the celebration of the Class of 1948's 
Golden Jubilee celebration at the spring semester com- 
mencement. Fifteen Northwestern State College gradu- 
ates returned to campus to receive their second diplo- 
mas. They are truly a unique group, and it was good to 
see how quickly they reacquainted themselves after half 
a century. They now join the group we call the "50-Plus 
Club," which is comprised of all who graduated 50 years 
ago and longer. That group will have its reunion in 
November, and we have an exciting program lined up 
for them as well. Congratulations! 

Over the next few months we will be planning for the 
University's 114th Homecoming celebration to be held 
Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. We have a 
tentative agenda scheduled which will include some 
changes to the traditional activities, including the mov- 
ing of the annual Homecoming Banquet to Friday evening 
and the reinstatement of the Ladies' Bingo Brunch, to 
name a few. Final additions and changes will be made 
soon, and we will provide you with a permanent schedule 
in the next edition of the Columns. 

Also look for our new Web Site to go "on-line" within 
the next months. We are currently working to create a 
home page that will give you constant updated informa- 
tion about the Association, local chapter activities, and 
lost alumni, to name a few. Hopefully we will also be able 
to include an on-line edition of the Columns. The process 
is timely and tedious, but we know the results will be worth 
the time. 

I could go on and on, but my space is limited. Just know 
that we all are here for you. Should you need anything 
from us, give us a call. Probably one of the most rewarding 
functions of this office is locating friends for alumni mem- 
bers. That process benefits us all. 

Let us hear from you! 

About the cover: The picture illustrates the story on academic program accreditation appearing on page 1. The departments of Industrial 
Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Journalism appear left to right in the illustration. 


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nationally accredited by the year 2000 

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versity not only evalu- 
ates its students but also con- 
stantly evaluates its academic 
programs. Two years ago when 
Dr. Randall J. Webb became 
NSU's president, he established 
a goal of having all eligible aca- 
demic programs nationally ac- 
credited by the year 2000. 

The university is rapidly moving toward meeting that goal. Twenty-seven of the 32 
eligible academic programs have earned national accreditation, and the other five pro- 
grams are in the process of seeking accreditation. Those programs include the Bachelor 
of Arts programs in art, advertising design and theatre; the Master's of Arts in art; and 
the associate degree in electronic engineering technology. 

In order to be accredited, an academic program must meet criteria established by a 
recognized national accrediting agency. The criteria vary among agencies but gener- 
ally include an evaluation of faculty teaching loads, range of courses offered, faculty 
expertise, program budgets, available fa- 
cilities and administrative structures. Ac- 
crediting agencies also interview current 
students and graduates to evaluate the 
program. In addition to individual accred- 
iting agencies, the university undergoes a 
review by the Commission on Colleges of 
the Southern Association on Colleges and 
Schools every 10 years. The Athletic Depart- 
ment, also undergoes a certification process 
set up by the NCAA every five years. 

"The importance of accreditation is that 
it brings recognition to the university on a 
national basis," said Provost and Vice 
President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas 
A. Burns. "Accreditation shows that the 
university's programs are of an equal sta- 
tus to any program in the United States. 

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Associate Degree 


National League for Nursing 

Veterinary Technology 

American Veterinary Medical Association 

Bachelor's Degree 


Business Administration 

Computer Information Systems 

American Assembly of Collegiate Schools 
of Business 

Education (All programs) 
National Council for Accreditation of 
Teacher Education 


National Association of Schools of Music 


Accrediting Council on Education in 
Journalism and Mass Communication 

Social Work 

Council on Social Work Education 


National League for Nursing 

Radiologic Technology 

Joint Review Committee on Education in 
Radiologic Technology and the Committee 
on Allied Health Education and Accredita- 
tion of the American Medical Association 

Medical Technology 

Committee on Allied Health Education 
and Accreditation 


American Chemical Society 

General Home Economics 

American Association of Family 
Hospitality and Institutional Services 
and Consumer Sciences 

Industrial Technology 

National Association of Industrial 

Graduate Programs 


Health and Physical Education 

National Council for Accreditation of 
Teacher Education 

Student Personnel Services 

Council for Accreditation of Counseling 
and Related Education Programs 


National League for Nursing 


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It also builds pride among the faculty and ensures that students 
are receiving an education that is on par with other programs." 

Over the past year, the College of Business along with the 
departments of Journalism and Family and Consumer Sciences 
have received accreditation. The Department of Industrial Tech- 
nology has received provisional accreditation. 

Many programs in liberal arts and science are not accredited. 

But those programs do not escape regular evaluation. Accord- 
ing to Burns, NSU has established a system of internal review to 
examine all academic programs on a rotating basis. 

"The internal reviews are very thorough and help us evaluate 
our academic programs that do not have accrediting agencies, 
he said." 

As part of the accreditation process, each academic program 
goes through a rigorous self-study in which the faculty evaluate 
the program and assess its strengths and weaknesses. The ac- 
crediting agency uses the self-study as the basis for an on-site 
evaluation and report by a team of faculty in the same discipline 
from other institutions. 

"The self-study is very useful in identifying your strengths and 
weaknesses," said Patricia Pierson, head of the Department of 
Family and Consumer Sciences. "Because of the self-study we 
did, our curriculum was closely examined. We did a number of 
revisions to the curriculum and updated our syllabi. Our pro- 
grams also did a great deal of long-range planning which will 
take us into the 21st century." 

Pierson's department produced a comprehensive three-volume 
self-study for its accrediting body. The process took the better 
part of two years in addition to normal teaching and advising 
duties. But the benefits for the program and university are worth 
the effort. 

"We found out that the quality of our program is just as good 
or better than other institutions of our size," said Pierson. "We 
excelled in many areas. It makes you feel good about the quality 
of instruction given when you get a report like that from people 
in the field who are outside the university."* • • 

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Faculty Notes Faculty Notes 

McDermott is 
recipient of Bailey 
Research Award 

Several years ago, Dennette 
Derby McDermott took a few 
minutes to answer an advertise- 
ment offering free flute 
music. She had no idea 
the impact that small ad 
would have on her life. 
The music McDermott 
received opened up a 
world of opportunities. 
The research and 
creativity that was 
unleashed led to 
McDermott's selection as 
the recipient of the 1998 
Mildred Hart Bailey Research 

The award was presented at 
NSU's 11th Annual Research Day 
and is presented each year to a 
faculty member for outstanding 
research and/or distinguished 
artistic performance or creative 
work substantially completed 
during the past three years. Crite- 
ria for the award include: scholarly 
or creative significance; national 
regional or local impact; originality 
and ingenuity of project design and 
critical recognition by experts in 
the field. The award was named for 
the late Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey, 
former Dean of Graduate Studies 
and Research. 

McDermott, a flutist, was 
honored for her progressive work 
with a cutting edge interest in 
multicultural influences. She has 

done extensive research into the 
music of the former Czechoslovakia 
(now the Czech Republic and the 
Slovak Republic). She has taught in 
the Czech Republic and brought 
scholars from the former Czechoslo- 
vakia to NSU. 

"My research has made me 
aware of another culture and the 
similarities and differ- 
ences which exist be- 
tween our culture and 
that of the Czech Repub- 
lic and the Slovak 
Republic," said 
McDermott, an assistant 
professor of music at 
Northwestern since 1993. 
McDermott "The world is getting 

much smaller with 
improved communication and the 
Internet. It is useful to have an 
understanding and respect of 
another culture. And it also gives 
us something to be thankful for. We 
should be so greatful to have what 
we have in this country." 

While working on her doctorate 
at the University of North Texas, 
McDermott edited the Texas Flute 
Society newsletter. In that role, she 
saw newsletters from other state 
and national flute organizations. 
One day, she saw a notice in an 
Australian publication for free flute 
music which she responded to. 
Several months later, McDermott 
received the music and began 
studying it. At the time, she was 
seeking a dissertation topic. 
McDermott became interested in 
the music of Czech composer 
Jindrich Feld. 

She later met Feld, and 
McDermott maintained her interest 
in the music of the former Czecho- 
slovakia. The interest was 
strengthened by having relatives 
there. She has travelled to the 
Czech Republic and Slovak Repub- 
lic several times, teaching flute 
classes and performing recitals. As 
part of an exchange program, she 
has also brought flutists Tomas 
Janosik and Arnost Bourek to NSU 
for performances and to work with 

"I have gotten a wealth of 
experience from working with both 
of them," said McDermott. "Arnost 
Bourek has given me music that no 
other American flutist has. I have 
been able to exchange ideas and 
learn in ways that I would not have 
been able to otherwise." 

McDermott has made two 
presentations at the National Flute 
Association convention on Czech 
flute music and will make another 
presentation this summer. Her 
interpretations of works and other 
research articles have appeared in 
two national professional publica- 

"I believe my research and work 
has brought Czech flute music to 
the attention of performers and 
scholars in America," said 
McDermott. "Before the Iron 
Curtain fell, there was no way to 
interact. But now the opportunities 
are there." 

McDermott is planning future 
trips to the Czech Republic and 
Slovak Republic and will continue 
her research and performing in this 
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Campus News 

Alumni and supporters of 
Northwestern can help 
the University in a variety 
of ways by supporting the 
Alumni Annual Fund 

Gifts to the Annual 
Fund provide support 
for Distinguished Fac- 
ulty Awards, assistance to 
teaching faculty, our Na- 
tionwide Chapter Pro- 
gram, alumni reunions and 
the upkeep of the Alumni 
Center facility. 

Contributions also assist 
NSU in honoring its alumni 
through the Northwestern 
Hall of Distinction: the Long 
Purple Line as well as the 
Golden Jubilee Celebration 
that honors the university's 
50-year graduates. The An- 
nual Fund also helps pro- 
vide assistance for campus 
projects such as the Teacher 
Job Fair and Rowing Team 
activities, just to name a few. 

Gifts will also fund nearly 
$16,000 worth of alumni 
scholarships awarded annu- 
ally which provide much 
needed assistance to students 
working toward a degree. 

Donors to the Annual 
Fund may be eligible for a 
tax deduction. They also re- 
ceive a subscription to the 
Alumni Columns, a mem- 
bership card, decal and vari- 
ous recognition gifts. Many 
companies also offer a 
matching gift program. 

Contributions of $100 or 
more can be made through 
a quarterly payment pro- 
gram or by using Visa or 

Checks can be made to 
the NSU Alumni Association 
Annual Fund. Donations 
can be sent to NSU Alumni 
Assocition, Northwestern 
Natchitoches, LA 71497. For 
more information, call (888) 



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NSU alumni and friends of the university may now 
reserve NSU prestige license plates through the Louisi- 
ana Department of Motor Vehicles. The attractive plates are in 
school colors and bear the flaming "N" insignia along with a 
designated number. More information about the plates can be 
obtained through the Alumni Center by calling 888-799-6486. 

The cost of the plate is $26 in addition to your normal 
state registration fee. The $26 must be paid every two 
years when the plate is renewed. Twenty five dollars of 
the money will be donated into the NSU License 
Plate Scholarship Fund. 


When you contact the prestige plate division in Baton 
Rouge, they will ask you for your current plate number. 
They will give you credit for all unused time on your 
current renewal. 

Call the prestige plate division in Baton Rouge at (504) 
925-6364. They will ask you for your present number and 
provide you with ordering instructions. 

Yes, ask the prestige plate division when you call. 

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"Normal" Notes 

Northwestern lost one of its true 
landmarks in January, one which 
made its impact on the university and 
community in many ways. 

Doris Henry 

Pierson, 89, 

died Jan. 17 at 

her home in 


She was a 1926 

graduate of 


State Normal 

School and was 

married to the 

late William 

Henry Pierson, MD, who served as the 

football team's physician for many 


While at Normal, Pierson was a 
charter member of the Purple Jackets 
and Newman Club. Following gradua- 
tion, she taught physical education at 
Majors College in Chicago for one year, 
and she returned to Normal as a physi- 
cal education instructor until 1938. She 
remained very active at Northwestern 
following her retirement. 

Pierson received many awards in 
her lifetime. She was named 
Natchitoches' "Women of the Year," the 
Catholic Daughters of America's 
"Women of the Year," and received the 
Mayor's "Distinguished Service 
Award." She was well known for her 
many charitable and humanitarian 

She was the mother of Elise Pierson 
James ('68) and Gail Pierson Cromwell. 
She had five children and five great- 
grandchildren. ••• 

Notes from the 
Division of Nursing 
& Allied Health 
in Shreveport 

Northwestern State University 
graduate and former faculty 
member Dr. Patricia E. Thompson has 
been elected president of Sigma Theta 
Tau International, the fifth largest 
honor society for nursing worldwide. 

Thompson was elected during the 
Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial 

Convention held in Indianapolis, Decem- 
ber 2-6. 

A 1970 graduate of NSU's nursing 
program, Thompson served on the fac- 
ulty in the College of Nursing from 
1981 to 1992, both as an associate pro- 
fessor in the baccalaureate program 
and as a professor in graduate studies 
and research in nursing. She currently 
serves as the associate dean for service 
and chairs the Parent Child Depart- 
ment at the University of Arkansas for 
Medical Sciences in the College of 
Nursing in Little Rock. 

Sigma Theta Tau has more than 
250,000 members in the United States, 
Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and 
Canada. Started in 1922 by six stu- 
dent nurses at Indiana University, the 
society is celebrating its 75th anniver- 
sary this year. The society is dedicated 
to the development, dissemination and 
utilization of nursing knowledge to 
improve the health of people worldwide 
by increasing the scientific base of 
nursing practice. • • • 

Northwestern State University welcomed its retirees to their second spring luncheon Wednesday, May 
13, 1998. The luncheon was held in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom and guests enjoyed a 
traditional Louisiana menu of meat pies and dirty rice. NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb spoke to the 
group and thanked them for returning to what was their long time home away from home. The NSU Retir- 
ees group formed in the fall of 1996 with the help of Melissa Peveto in the News Bureau and former NSU 
Alumni Affairs Director Elise James. The group held their first gathering last May and hope to make their 
reunions a tradition. If you are a retiree of NSU and have not received information regarding the NSU Retir- 
ees group, contact Peveto at (318) 357-6466 or Steve Horton, director of Alumni Affairs, at (318) 357-4414. 

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NSU is wrapping up one of its best years in 
intercollegiate athletics in school history as 
both the Demons and Lady Demons have brought 
positive regional and national attention to the uni- 

Going into the final events of the academic year, 
Northwestern led the Southland Conference 
Commissioner's Cup race by three points show- 
ing the overall strength of the athletic program. 

This past fall began with men's indoor track 
team overwhelming two-time defending champion 
Texas-Arlington to win the third indoor track 
championship of the decade. All- American Ronnie 
Powell and Kenta Bell recorded twin wins to help 
NSU to the championship. 

NSU's soccer team entered the conference tour- 
nament as the fourth seed, but left with the tro- 
phy as the Lady Demons surprised the rest of the 
tournament field with its first two wins and a tour- 
nament championship. 

Those who were in Turpin Stadium for the fi- 
nal regular season football game against Stephen 
F. Austin had a night they won't soon forget. The 

Demons beat SFA to win the SLC cham- 
pionship and an enthusiastic group of 
students rushed onto the field after the 
game and brought down a goalpost. 
Northwestern also made the Division 
1-AA playoffs for the first time in nine 
years as one of the top 16 teams in the 

Safety Tony Joe Maranto was named 
to the Division 1-AA Ail-American team 
and was honored as Southland Confer- 
ence Defensive Player of the Year. Wide 
receiver Patrick Palmer was drafted in 
the sixth round by the Washington Redskins, who 
drafted defensive back Keith Thibodeaux last 

The success continued into the spring semester 
as the men's basketball team had its best season in 
11 years of Southland Conference play finishing 
second and earning a bye in the SLC Tournament. 

The women's basketball team continued its 
winning ways, making the conference tournament 
and advancing to the semifinals. 

The spring sports season has also been a good 
one for NSU. First-year baseball coach John 
Cohen led the Demons to their sixth conference 
championship in the decade. Northwestern 
started the conference season at 2-4, but fash- 
ioned a 13-game winning streak to take the title. 

NSU's Softball team held off Nicholls State in 
one of the tightest conference races ever, taking 
the league title by one-half game to win its first 
SLC Championship in seven years. The Demons 
hosted the conference tournament and swept 
through the tournament in four games for their 
first post-season championship. 

Northwestern made the 32-team NCAA Tour- 
nament for the first time after defeating Trans 
America Tournament champion Florida Atlantic 
in a three-game series. 

The Demons success story wasn't confined to 
the playing field. More than 90 student 
athletes had a grade point average of 
3.0 or better in the fall semester and 
made one of the university's academic 
honor lists. Fifty-three student athletes 
made the SLC Commissioner's List by 
compiling either a 3.0 grade point aver- 
age for the semester or a 3.0 cumula- 
tive average at NSU after at least one 
academic year at the university. 

Northwestern led the seven 
Southland Football League institutions 
with 20 football players on the all-con- 
ference team and was fourth among 
SLC schools in the number of student- 
athletes on the Commissioner's List. 

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The first ever All-Greek Reunion 
is being planned for September 
18-19, 1998, the weekend the Demon 
Football Team hosts Henderson 
State University. The reunion will 
serve to reunite all Northwestern 
Greek alumni including those that 
do not currently have an active char- 
ter on campus. 

"We wanted our activities to cen- 
ter around the game and so our big- 
gest event will be a tailgate party 
that Saturday at 1 p.m. at Turpin 
Stadium," said Reatha Cox, NSU 
Greek advisor. "This idea grew out 
of homecoming last year when we 
noticed groups were getting together 
tailgating and the Greeks weren't 
one of them. We started planning 
this event at that moment." 

Other activities include a Greek 
reception in the Friedman Student 
Union Ballroom Friday, Sept. 18 at 
7 p.m. Saturday morning all chap- 
ters are encouraged to host their own 
socials prior to the Greek-wide tail- 
gate party. 

Reservations will be required for 
the Friday evening reception and the 
tailgate party. For more information 
or to RSVP, call Cox at (318) 357-5439 
or Steve Horton at 888-799-6486. • • • 

Sabine Parish alumni honored 
their parish's Northwestern 
scholarship recipients in March. 
Among those receiving scholar- 
ship awards are Alison Himel 
(Converse HS), Jessica Snell 
(Negreet HS), Erynn Sykes 
(Many HS), and Tara Davis 
(Florien HS). Alumni present for 
the social held at Alumnus 
Julian Foy's ('72) home were 
Doris Everett (77), Melba Bray 
('41), and Myrtle Patrick ('37). 

LeAnn Gray Skinner ('84, 
'88), Ormand Lacour, 
Donna Vercer Lacour ('92), 
Emilyn Matthews Horton 
('87, '93), Amy Alderman Tay- 
lor ('95), and Jonathan Tay- 
lor ('94) visit with First Lady 
Brenda Webb ('92) at the 
Caddo/Bossier Annual 
Alumni Crawfish Boil. 
Nearly 125 alumni and 
friends attended the event at 
Gerald Savoie's ('77) restau- 
rant in Shreveport. 

First Lady Brenda Webb and President 
Randy Webb ('65, '66) extend con- 
gratulations to Summer Miller, the 1998 
Caddo/Bossier alumni scholarship recipi- 
ent. Sharing congratulations with them 
is Caddo/Bossier Alumni president 
Marjoree Mike Harper ('88). Miller, a 1998 
graduate of Trinity Heights Academy in 
Shreveport, will enter Northwestern this 
fall as a journalism major. 

Alumni and friends from the Acadiana area joined for a crawfish boil in May 
Those in attendance included on the front row, David Deville ('91, '95), Karen 
Deville ('91, '94), Dootsie McNeely, Sandy McNeely ('64), Christopher Deville, 

Cyndi Deville, Jean Martinez, 
Margie Marx, Chris Maggio ('85, 
'91), "Doc" Paul Marx, and Fred 
Martinez ('57). 

Those on the second row included 
Kurt Gulbrand, Gen. John Sherman 
Crow ('59), Barbara Russell Girard, 
Allen Horton ('57, '62), Debbie 
McBride (72), Ron McBride (70, 72, 
73), Billie Sepulvado (78, '82), Jim 
Field (70, 73), Tony Gustwick, Dan 
McDonald (75), Mary Beth 
McDonald ('81), John Girard, Greg 
Burke, Tait Martin ('97), and Steve 
Horton 088). 

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Profiles / Cms Noies 

'48 Carlos A. Welch is retired 
and living in Baton Rouge. He has 
four children, six grandchildren 
and one great-grandchild. 

'51 Henry W. Pere Jr. is an 
architect (semi-retired). He and his 
wife, Kate, live in Houma. They 
have five children. 

'62 Henry M. Hyams is Vice 
President for Student Affairs at 
North Georgia College and State 
University. He received his MEd in 
Student Personnel Services from 
NSU in 1971. He and his wife live 
in Dawsonville. They have two 
children and three grandchildren. 

'64 Virgil L. Pittman Jr. is 
retired and living in Hot Springs, 
Ark. He is married to Diane Gates 
Pittman (class of '64). They have 
three children and two grandchil- 
dren (twins). 

'64 Timothy L. Berry is a state 
trooper/pilot EMS with the Mary- 
land State Police. He lives in 
Frederick, Md., and has two chil- 

'65 Johnnie Ross McKinney 
teaches for the Richardson Inde- 
pendent School District. She lives 
in Garland, Texas. 

'66 Marilyn "Susie" Wales 
Morrow is retired after 30 years of 
nursing. She and her husband 
Percy M. Morrow (class of '65) are 
living in Livingston, Texas. They 
have two children. 

'68 Maud Trappey Gondran is a 
lower elementary teacher in New 
Iberia. She is married and has 
three boys. 

'68 Larry W Rivers is an 
adjutant general with the Veterans 
of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, 
Mo. He is married to Connie 
Wright Rivers (class of 71). They 
have three children. 

'68 Sharon Monk Mock is a 
DECA teacher at Airline High 
School in Bossier City. Her hus- 
band is Robert Mock (class of '68) 
and they have three children. 

'68 Patsy Ogden Mayo and her 
husband live in Bossier City. They 
have three children. 

'69 Dr. Kathleen R. Aguillard 
Stevens, professor at The Univer- 
sity of Texas Health Science Center 
at San Antonio, Family Nursing 
Care, was elected to serve as 
secretary of Sigma Theta Tau 
International Honor Society of 

'70 Johnnie P. Wanger is a 
senior geologist at Sonat Explora- 
tion Co. in Tyler, Texas. He is 
married to Nancy Billimek Wanger 
(class of '70). They have one child. 

'73 Michael Patrick (Mike) 
Hennigan is vice-president, Engi- 
neering for Sprint PCS in Kansas 
City, Mo. He received his MEd 
from NSU in 1983. He and his 
wife, Kay, reside in Overland Park, 

'73 Richard A. Temple is an 
aviation safety inspector with the 
Federal Aviation Administration in 
Washington, D.C. He lives in 
Woodbridge, Va., and has two 

'74 Danny L. Hindmon re- 
ceived his MEd from NSU in 1994 
and is now principal of Oakdale 
High School. He is married to 
Barbara Bass Hindmon (class of 
'74) and she is a gifted resource 
teacher at Oakdale Junior High. 
They have one child. 

'77 Janice L. Soderstrom is a 
program coord inator-cardiothoracic 
surgery at LSU Medical Center in 

'78 Artie L. Jeane is employed 
with MCI, Inc., Colorado Springs, 
Co., as a test team lead. He lives in 
Woodland Park. 

'83 Randy Weeks is supervisor 
of biology at BASF-Knoll Pharma- 
ceutical, Whippeny, N.J. He is 
married to Nancy Schwer Weeks 
(class of '81). They have two 
children and live in Ste warts ville. 

'83 Albert J. Welch is district 
sales coordinator with AFLAC 
Insurance in Jackson, Miss. He 
has one child. 

'83 Kayla Armstrong Johnson 
is employed at St. Francis Medical 
Center in Monroe where she is 
director of Maternal Child Services. 
She and her husband live in West 
Monroe, and they have one child. 

'83 Roger L. Reynolds teaches 
at Mamou High School and coaches 
football and basketball. He is 
married and has two children. 

'83 Jeanmarie Sylvester 
DeVillier is department head in 
Special Education at Barbers Hill 
Middle School, Mount Belvieu, 
Texas. She and her husband live in 
Baytown. They have three chil- 

'84 Michael T. Boyd works at 
Electro-Test, Inc., as an operations 
supervisor. He and his wife live in 
Pleasanton, Calif. 

'86 Laurie Thornton Cherry is 
class giving program manager at 
the U.S. Military Academy, West 
Point, N.Y., where her husband is 
stationed. They have three chil- 

'87 Janice Wheat Zerecheck, 
her husband and two children, live 
in Cypress, Texas. She is store 
team manager at Target in The 

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The people that Wanda Ozier 
helps each day aren't much dif- 
ferent than anybody else. And for- 
tunately, these people have someone 
to turn to in a time of crisis. Ozier, 
the former Wanda Chicola, is the ex- 
ecutive director of Hope House, a 
program for homeless women and 
children in Alexandria. 

The program serves an 11-parish 
area in central Louisiana. 

"We serve many people in rural 
areas. People may not be aware of 
those we serve," said Ozier, who 
earned her Bachelor of Arts in So- 
cial Work in 1972. "They may be in 
the woods or living in abandoned 
houses. They aren't as visible as 
people sleeping on a park bench." 

Hope House is an agency of the 
Shepherd Ministries of Alexandria, 
an agency that Ozier formerly 
headed. Hope House has an annual 
budget of $280,000 with a 12-person 
staff and volunteer staff of 110. 
Many of those it serves don't meet 
the classic definition of "homeless." 

"We've seen multiple families in 
one home, up to 20-30 people in a 
one bedroom house. Some families 
have to constantly move every few 
days living with different members 
of their family or friends," said Ozier. 
"There's the perception that people 
who are homeless are mentally ill 
or drug addicts. But a large number 
of those people are ordinary people 
who are just getting by and one cri- 
sis throws them over the edge. There 
are a tremendous number of the 
working poor despite the good 

". . .We played a particular piece and the composer of 
the piece was there. I had a solo and it did a great 
deal for my self-esteem to be chosen for a solo. " 

Ozier's mother, Christine Lea, 
earned a degree in nursing at North- 
western. Ozier came to Northwest- 
ern as a math major but quickly 
switched to social work. 

"I got there the first semester and 
found out that math wasn't what I 
wanted to do," she said. "After talk- 
ing with a counselor, I settled on so- 
cial work and was able to find a job 
fairly quickly after graduation." 

Ozier was also a member of the 
NSU Marching Band and the Sym- 
phonic Band, playing the clarinet 
and bass clarinet. Former faculty 
member Dr. Robert Smith worked 
with her closely in the band and as- 
sisted Ozier a great deal as she 
worked on a student job in the mu- 
sic department. 

"Dr. Smith gave me a great deal 
of flexibility and he was always very 
supportive," she said. "I remember in 
my sophomore year, the Symphonic 
Band played at a national conven- 
tion. We played a particular piece 
and the composer of the piece was 
there. I had a solo and it did a great 
deal for my self-esteem to be chosen 
for a solo." 

Ozier also said retired faculty 
member Dr. Millard Bienvenu and 
house mother Lucille Miller were two 
other people who were always avail- 

able to assist her at Northwestern. 

After receiving her degree, Ozier 
was house director at the Methodist 
Home Hospital in New Orleans be- 
fore moving to Alexandria as assis- 
tant director at Renaissance House, 
a position she held for eight years. 
She earned a Master's in Criminal 
Justice at Northeast Louisiana Uni- 
versity which helped her become ex- 
ecutive director of Shepherd Center 
in 1983. 

"I never saw myself as a manage- 
rial type, but I have developed the 
ability to deal with people and the 
confidence to carry out such a job," 
said Ozier. 

After six years at Shepherd Cen- 
ter, she moved to Hope House in 1989. 
Hope House gets 50 percent of its 
funding from the federal government 
and gets the remainder from the 
United Way, an endowment fund and 
local fundraising. 

"We try to let people know what we 
are doing and the public has been 
willing to support us," said Ozier. "We 
try to be good stewards of what we 
receive and let our donors know what 
we are accomplishing." 

Ozier has been married to Byron 
Ozier for 18 years. They have three 
teenage children. • • • 

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Jason Thomas Oldham has cov- 
ered dozens of news events in 
his flourishing six year broadcasting 
career since graduating from North- 
western State University in 1992. 
But, the one piece of news he had the 
toughest time reporting was to his fam- 
ily and friends three years ago. The 
news was not good. He had been diag- 
nosed with a malignant brain tumor. 
Oldham's story, while shocking 
and saddening, is one that he hopes 
will serve as a lesson for others. 
"People look at me funny when I say 
that cancer has been a blessing" said 
Oldham. "But, it definitely puts your 
priorities where they need to be. I 
have always had a desire to be suc- 
cessful. Three years ago my defini- 
tion of 'success' changed." Oldham 
said before the diagnosis, his idea of 
success was making lots of money 
and being well known in his profes- 
sion. "God has changed that." said 
Oldham. "I still try hard to be suc- 
cessful, but now I want to do what- 
ever Jesus wants me to do and life 
hasn't been better." 

Life for Oldham these days is cen- 
tered in Kansas City with his wife, 
Amye, where he works for the NBC 
affiliate, KSHB TV. He has com- 
pleted both radiation and chemo- 
therapy treatments for his grade III 
brain tumor. Oldham says his latest 
magnetic resonance imaging showed 
that his tumor was shrinking. 

'Tou can give it to God and say 
"Let's get to work, or you can give up." 


I received the training 

I needed for a career in 

broadcasting through 

both an internship 

and my education at 


said Oldham. "I chose to fight it. And 
with the help of family and friends, 
we're beating this." 

Oldham says the treatments were 
tolerable particularly with the ad- 
vancements that have been made in 
chemotherapy. "I got sick a couple 
of times, was tired and had an occa- 
sional upset stomach. That, plus my 
hair fell out." But, Oldham says the 
treatment wasn't as bad as he 
thought they would be. 

For six weeks, Oldham took 30 
treatments of high-dose radiation for 
five minutes at a time. The chemo- 
therapy consisted of a 36 week regi- 
men of three different chemicals. "It 
sounds horrible, but it was nothing 
that couldn't be tolerated." 

Oldham's motto is that you get out 
of life what you put into it. "Even 
while I was at NSU, I felt that way." 
He put his all into what would one 
day make him a successful reporter. 
"I wrote for the Current Sauce, did 
play-by-play on the radio and did the 
sports section for the yearbook." His 

senior year, he served as General 
Manager of KNWD-FM. 

"I received the training I needed 
for a career in broadcasting through 
both an internship and my education 
at Northwestern. I had several great 
instructors and my advisor, Tommy 
Whitehead, was always helpful." 

"I fell in love with the campus, the 
city and the people the first time I 
saw it. NSU is very close knit and it 
seemed like I knew everyone." 

The broadcast journalism/busi- 
ness marketing major said some of 
his fondest memories are of the 
friends he met along the way while 
at NSU, life in the dorm room and 
various eating "experiences" in the 
cafeteria. "My first two years of col- 
lege, I played football. But, I was 
better at writing and telling about it 
than playing." 

"The Christmas Festival is always 
a pleasant memory," said Oldham. 
"As is Spring in Natchitoches. I 
would love to get back and visit." 

From college, Oldham loaded up 
and moved to Denver for the summer 
where he did an internship at a local 
TV station, KUSA. "I did that to get 
rid of my southern accent, he said." 
From there, he took a job at WJTV, 
the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Miss., 
where he reported news and sports, 
anchored and shot video. 

"Fresh out of college, my news di- 
rector gave me the tough, tough as- 
signment of covering the Miss Mis- 

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sissippi pageant. My assignment 
was to get to know all of the contes- 
tants and do feature stories on all of 
them. I did such a good job investi- 
gating, I found a wife." Oldham's wife 
was at the pageant to cheer on her 
sister, who later became Miss Mis- 

From Mississippi, his career took 
the couple to Kansas City. 

While there is no guarantee for 
Oldham that his tumor will continue 
shrinking, he fights all of the battles 
that are layed before him with ev- 
ery bit of power he has. "Doctors 
were not too hopeful initially," said 

Oldham. "But, through my faith and 
strength in God, we are beating this. 
Cancer can be a curse if you let it. 
For me and my family, it has been a 

'87 Cheryl K. Creed lives in 
Big Sky, Mont. She is vice-presi- 
dent of Apex I, Inc. 

'89 Don E. Yancey is general 
manager at Excel Logistics in 
Grand Prarie, Texas. He is mar- 
ried and has two children. They 
live in Collinsville. 

'89 Marshall L. Sandoz is a 
sergeant-K-9 handler with the 
Natchitoches City Police Depart- 
ment. His wife, Caroline Tonka 
Sandoz, (attended NSU) is em- 
ployed at KZBL in Natchitoches. 

'90 Yvonne Bernucho Matherne 
and her husband live in 
Lawrenceville, Ga. She is public 
relations manager with the Ameri- 
can Association of Occupational 
Health Nurses in Atlanta. 

'90 Richard S. Schaffer is a 
chief resident in family practice at 
Cainlion Health Systems in 
Roanoke, Va. 

'9 1 Walter "Tim" Leone works 
in data processing/ accounting at 
the Sabine State Bank & Trust Co., 
in Many. 

'91 Melanie Sue Serrato, a real 
estate broker/owner at Homes 
Express Realty, Corona, Calif, is 
married and has three children. 

'91 Precious Articia Jenkins is 
a technician at the contract prob- 
lem analysis unit, U. S. Depart- 
ment of Justice, Houston. Texas. 

'92 Tara Tietjen-Smith has 
recently been named director of the 
new Employee Wellness Program 
at Belmont University. She resides 
in Antioch, Tenn., with her hus- 
band who is an occupational 
therapy student at Belmont. 

'92 Mary Porth Russell and her 
husband live in Burlington, Ky. 
She is employed with International 
Thamson Publishing in Florence. 
Her job title is telepartner/distance 

'92 Scott H. Jolly is associate 
managing editor of Elle Magazine 
in New York City. 

'92 Tracy Sanders Williams 
received her MSN from NSU in 
1997 and is now employed as a 
family nurse practitioner at Amite 
Walk-in Clinic. She is married and 
has five children. 

'92 Kirk W Long and his wife 
reside in West Monroe. He is 
regional coordinator with Mid 
South Rehab Agency in Monroe. 

'92 James B. Thompson lives in 
Lynn Haven, Fla. He is unit 
manager with CCA in Panama City. 

'93 Christopher J. Locke 
married Stephanie Shaw Locke 
(class of '96) and they live in 
Mansfield. He is a draftsman at 
Tri-State Drafting & Design in 
Shreveport. Stephanie is assistant 
women's basketball coach at NSU. 

'93 Raymond B. Krull received 
his MEd from NSU in 1995. He is 
now dean of financial aid at Man- 
hattan College in New York City. 
He and his wife reside in Riverdale. 

'93 Lisa Nichols Yates is an 
occupational therapist with Physi- 
cal Therapy Services of West 
Louisiana in Leesville. She and 
her husband live in Simpson. 

'93 Cassandra F Salter resides 
in Shreveport. She is a charge RN 
at Willis Knighton Bossier. 

'93 Bryan W Randolph is a 
resident in surgery at the VA 
Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo. He 
is married. 

'94 Cher M. Couvillion lives in 
Alexandria. She is an art teacher 
at Bolton High School. 

'94 Mickey Mondello is a 
trooper with the Louisiana State 
Police-Troop G in Shreveport. 

'94 Karen Breeding Taylor 
teaches at Lewisport Elementary 
School in Lewisport, Ky. She and 
her husband live in Owensboro. 


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'94 Wesley S. Alost is married 
to Amy Pelt Alost (class of '94) and 
they live in New Orleans. He is an 
attorney with Johnson, Johnson, 
Barrios & Yacoubian. 

'94 Kathleen A. Gettys is 
married and lives in Eagle River, 
Alaska. She is an RN in the 
cardiovascular progressive care 
unit of Providence Alaska Medical 
Center in Anchorage. 

'94 Jennifer Zimmerle is 
director of operations at PFS in 
New Orleans. She resides in 

'95 Tammy Stopfer Caudle 
teaches math at Coffee County 
Central High School in Manchester, 
Tenn. She is married and has two 
children. They live in Morrison. 

'95 Timothy S. Bourque mar- 
ried Kristi Parcel Bourque (class of 
'95). They have two children and 
live in Hanford, Calif. Kristi is a 
social service worker with the 
Department of Social Services. 
Timothy is a material planner for 
Kawneer Co., Inc. 

'95 Richard R. Ray is a psycho- 
logical associate with the Federal 
Bureau of Prisons in Oklahoma 
City. He is married to Kelly Paulk 
Ray (class of '93). They have one 
child, Richard "Alexander," born 
February 2, 1998. 

'95 Robert C. Smith Jr. lives in 
Norfolk, Va., where he is a com- 
puter systems consultant for the 
Department of Defense. 

'96 Elizabeth Rogers Distod 
and her husband live in Rochester, 
Minn. She is an RN on the organ 
transplant floor at Rochester 
Methodist Hospital - Mayo Clinic. 

'96 Karin Sasser Paulk is 
assistant branch manager for the 
Rapides Parish Library - Martin 
Branch in Pineville. She and her 
husband live in Deville. 

'96 Wendy E. Crochet lives in 
Metairie. She is credit manager for 
Northwest Financial. 

'96 Kimberly Flowers Britt is 
an instructor at Georgetown Tech 
in Conway, S.C. She is married, 
has one child and lives in Nichols. 

'96 Brandi Brumley Skains and 
her husband live in Kenner. She is 
a project secretary at Albert- 
Garaudy & Associates, Inc., in 

'97 Robert S. McChain is 
employed by Proctor & Gamble in 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 

'97 Angela Wimberly Martin 
and her husband live in Shreve- 
port. She is employed at the 
Garden Park Nursing Home as 
admissions coordinator/social 
service director. 

'97 Ljudmila Pavlov resides in 
Wilkesboro, N.C., and is employed 
at Lowe's Companies, Inc., as a 
case tool analyst. 

'97 Heather B. Dillon is a 
graduate student in school psychol- 
ogy at LSUS in Shreveport. 


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lews and campus events at 
Northwestern State University is 
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Bureau. The summary will be 
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'19 Cleo Dupre Reynolds, 
Delhi, September 29, 1996. 

'24 Mrs. A. T. Crump, Tioga. 

'29 Doris Henry Pierson, 
Natchitoches, January 17, 1998. 

'34 Mary Edna Woodward 
Arnold, Ruston, June 15, 1997. 

'35 Marion T. Lofton, 
Starkville, Miss., July 14, 1997. 

'35 Margaret Watson 
Richardson, San Antonio, Texas, 
November 11, 1996. 

'37 Velma Caston Guest, Pass 
Christian, Miss., February 11, 1997. 

'37 Wilburn A. Slack, 
Porterville, February 23, 1998. 

'47 Millard N. Hudson, 
DeRidder, December 27, 1997. 

'50 Mattie Jackson Pruett, 
Bossier City, November 3, 1997. 

'51 Betty Claire Polk Stigall, 
Vidalia, April 3, 1997. 

'52 Dreux Smith, Lafayette, 
September 14, 1997. 

'54 Robert L. "Red" Miller, 
Shreveport, January 31, 1998. 

'62 Edith Ruiz LoBue, Baton 

'65 Patricia A. Benefield, 
Bossier City, December 1, 1997. 
Memorials can be made to a 
nursing scholarship in the NSU 

'69 Charles Thomas Treadway, 
Shreveport, April 3, 1998. 

'77 Linda Joyce Jue, Shreve- 
port, November 28, 1977. 

'80 Faye Kliesch Evanoff, 
Kentwood, August 22, 1997. 

Mildred Stroud Chance, 
Shreveport, April 7, 1998. 

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